TERM DATES for 2009
Term 3 Tuesday, 28th July to Friday, 25th September
Term 4 Tuesday, 20th October to Friday, 11th December
Stories Rising From The Flames 7.30pm Saturday, 15th August
Next Information Evening 7.30pm Tuesday, 18th August
School Photos Tuesday & Wednesday 15th & 16th Sept
Musica Viva 1.50pm Thursday, 17th Sept
Class 7 – Uluru Excursion 21st to 25th Sept
Spring Fair Saturday, 31st Oct
Class 10 – Borneo Trip 23rd Nov – 6th Dec
PARENT / TEACHER NIGHTS
Class 1 – Tiffany Reynolds Individual interviews Wks 4 to 7
Class 4 – Tim Nixon Individual interviews Wks 3 & 4
Class 5– Leonie Mahon 6.00pm Tuesday, 18th August
Kindy – Heather van Zyl 7.30pm Thursday, 27th August
Craft Circle 9.15am – 11.30am Wednesday
Winter Market Day 10.00am – 2.00pm Sunday, 30th August
Trivia Night 7.30pm Saturday, 5th September
Office Hours Monday to Friday : 8.30 am – 4.00 pm
School Hours : 9.00 am – 3.00 pm
Children supervised : 8.30 – 9.00 am
Kindergarten/Bus Area supervised : 3.00 – 3.20 pm
Parent’s Pastoral Care/Counselling (Tues & Thurs) : Call Jonathan on 0404 103 662 or through
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NEW GUARDIAN FOR 2010
College of Teachers is pleased to announce Britt Daly as the Class Guardian for
Class 8, 2010. Britt has been with us all year teaching Maths & Chemistry. She
completed her Masters at Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School in Sydney, taught Maths
& Science to the High School there and has been with our school in the High School
since the beginning of the year. She is well liked by the students and we are very
pleased not only that she has come to our school but that she has now accepted the
Guardian position for next year.
SCHOOL MINI BUS
The school mini bus pick up from Woy Woy station to the school and back in the
afternoon has now been running successfully since the beginning of term - Yipee! .
We still have a few spare seats. The bus runs up the Kariong hill to the Freeway, so
if there is anyone interested in the Bay area or Kariong we could make a stop on the
way. If you still haven't booked your seat please email Suzanne firstname.lastname@example.org
or Elia email@example.com or call Elia 0416115108.
AN ARTICLE FROM
THE GLENAEON WEEKLY NEWSLETTER
“WE NEED PEOPLE WHO CAN THINK DIFFERENTLY…”
These days anyone who has been in Steiner education since the 1980’s often has a
strange sensation: what was once our small voice in the wilderness is now being
broadcast back to us from on high as a whole new perspective on education.
Glenaeon has been pioneering a creative, imaginative, child-centred education for
over 50 years, and often had to justify its approach against the demands of the
education authorities and the wider community’s very traditional views.
Today we hear many people using the same language the Steiner schools pioneered
and the most recent is Sir Ken Robinson, a leading thinker on education, creativity
and innovation, who argues that education should become more creative: he says it
is an economic imperative in a world where imagination and innovation are crucial
to the future. He suggests that education systems around the world are too narrow
and backward looking. Sir Ken has been consulted by governments and major
corporations and chaired a commission for the Blair Government to define an
education strategy for Britain’s future. He has just published a book called The
Element: How Finding Your Passion Changed Everything. He was interviewed on
the ABC last week and here are selections from the transcript.
KEN ROBINSON: …I always find this kind of axiomatic. I mean, they practice
what generally people call “child centred education”. And I think, well, why would
you even call it that? I mean, what else could it be? But they give kids a very
structured environment in which they can play, think creatively and work
collaboratively…And you see similar principles in other systems. Some, like
Montessori and Steiner and Waldorf all have different takes on it. But the premise
is the same: that in early years education, children need time to play, to socialise, to
try new things out and to let their imaginations run. And what they find of course
is not that this puts these kids at a disadvantage, but they learn with a greater
appetite later on.
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Q: You’ve identified the syndrome you called the “cram school’, which you say is
flourished all over the world, where small children are essentially drilled in the
basics Maths, English and so on – to give them a competitive edge over other kids.
What’s your view on that?
KEN ROBINSON: This cramming thing is really worrying, I think, because it
assumes that if our children follow the path we followed and that we know how
that’s going to work, all will come right for them. And the whole purpose really of
the book I’ve written is to show that it won’t, that we need to think differently.
But I’ll give you – I mean, a good example of it. I live in Los Angeles. And not long
after I arrived there, about eight years ago, I saw a policy paper which said – I think
the title – well, I know was. The title was “College begins in kindergarten”. No it
doesn’t. I mean, if we had more time, I could go into this, but it doesn’t. You know,
kindergarten begins in kindergarten. You know, but – there was a friend of mine
who once said he ran a great theatre company for kids. He said a three –year-old is
not half a six-year-old. A six-year-old is not half a twelve-year-old. They’re six.
You know, but in some parts of the world – I’m sure this is true in the big
metropolitan centres in Australia, kids are being interviewed for kindergarten. I
mean, what are they hoping to find out? What are they looking for at the
interview? You know, evidence of infancy?
Q: But at the floor of all of this is ambition, and behind the ambition is anxiety.
KEN ROBINSON: It is exactly that, yes. And I’m saying that the problem is it
manifests itself very often in parents, in my view, pushing their kids in the wrong
direction, pushing them against the grain of their talent, you know, because the
assumption is we’ve got to keep at the program, they’ve got to do conventional
academic work, they’ve got to go to a good university, they’ve got to do a law degree.
And presumably the assumption once we’ve all got law degrees, the whole world
will get back on its axis. But the truth is, people’s live are not linear like that. They
develop much more organically. Any many of the people I interviewed for the book
– I’m sure it’s been true of your life, you know, that people have got to where they
have got by following their particular talents and interests and passions. And so
what I’m arguing for is that at the heart of our education systems, of course we need
high standards, of course we need to cover common ground, but instead of
promoting conformity, we should be promoting diversity of talent.
Q: And the key to all of that is imagination and you’re saying that our systems as
we know them, our education systems, are at least as much about suppressing
imagination as the are about encouraging it.
KEN ROBINSON: Yes, and we could re-engineer that. We could revivify
education if we did this deliberately. And corporations have a big responsibility
here because they need to stand up and start to say politically what I know they say
to me all the time, which is we need people who can think differently. And if we get
that message – if we get that connection between economic, personal and social
development, then we will have the revolution that we’ve been waiting for.
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VERBAL DYSPRAXIA – A MOVEMENT ISSUE
“The indicators for verbal dyspraxia are those associated with making
and co-ordinating the very precise movements of over one hundred
muscles which come together to make the speech apparatus work in
unison to create clear articulation. …..
…. Normally, early childhood development follows an orderly,
predictable inter-related sequence, which is directly related to a child’s
intellectual and learning capabilities. Each developmental stage
assimilates part of the previous one, so full function is dependent on
the level achieved in the stage below. Logical conclusions may be
drawn to show that children’s learning and behaviour may be affected
if any of the natural developmental stages of early childhood are
omitted, with laterality (or sidedness) being the final stage of
development in the central nervous system.
Dyspraxia is to do with movement. In the adjustment or release of
total movement comes fine motor control. It could be that primal
reflexes have not been released in the very young child. Any infant in
its first few months can perform basic movement. The potential is
there. Tired, exhausted children stem from too early an introduction to
head learning (brain work). Television for example and computers at
too young an age, not understood and mastered, but used as playthings,
attractions and diversions, can be detrimental to normal development,
and children can become adult too soon. Lack of natural play stops the
inter connection between inner and outer activity. Therefore, what they
are learning cannot become imprinted or stay in the brain.
To help find these underdeveloped skills, the child with co-ordination
difficulties has to experience for himself how to balance, move, speak,
and then to give or respond through expression.”
Recent publicity has been given to neuro-plasticity – the brain that
changes itself. Science is catching up on what movement therapists,
eurythmists, Extra Lesson therapists and many Steiner and other
teachers have known long before present research. It may be a
blessing for parents and their children to discover that a diagnosis (eg
dyspraxia, dyslexia, ADHD, ADD, etc) is not a life sentence, but an
indicator that developmental hurdles have been blocked or may need
to be crossed.
Adapted from Take Time (Robinswood Press, 2000)
Mary Nash-Wortham and Jean Hunt
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The content of the following notices does not necessarily reflect the views of the
Central Coast Rudolf Steiner School
INTUITION MUSIC SCHOOL
Winter Special $25 for half hour lesson. Qualified teachers available for Piano, Keyboard, Guitar,
Drums, Bass, Flute, Recorder, Vocals etc.
Phone: 4388 6864, Mobile: 0415 167 156
Bay 5/9 Apprentice Drive, Berkeley Vale
Brass Tuition. Including AMEB & HSC as well as regular student workshops and performances. All
levels catered for. Contact Sharyn or Peter on (02) 4362 3017. 20+ years teaching experience
One blue iPod has been handed in, found on the school bus. Inquiries at the School office .
Promoting the appreciation, education, benefits, culture and freedom for all NATURAL plants and herbs …..
Ethical * Sustainable * Co-Creative * Organic * Aware * Informative * Fair Trade *
Products, Gatherings & Ideas. The Whole of life approach Call Nikki 0415 207 887 or Bjay 0425 213 544
SCHOOL COMMUNITY NOTICE
Children’s learning support (Steiner Primary Curriculum) and remedial movement therapy. Catch-up,
strengthen, consolidate or learn new faculities. Jonathan Anstock 0404 103 662. Private practice, Bateau
The healthy social life is found when in the mirror of each human soul,
The whole community finds its reflection and when in the community.
The virtue of each one is living.
POSITIONS VACANT LOVE THE
Nominations for PCN Executive members
are now open. New & exciting opportunity to
All parents (old and new) are welcome have lots of fun within the school
to be on the Executive. community.
School Shop Co-ordinators roles
We need more parents to be involved so we can up for grabs!
continue to build a strong, supportive parent
community, working together with the common Leanne & Shahrin are moving
goal to give our children the best educational onto a new venture and would
environment possible. love to see the school shop
nurtured and loved by people
who have as much passion for it
In order for the PCN to continue operating, as they did.
we MUST fill the positions of
President and Secretary. Please contact either of them for more
0423 403 979 – Leanne or
Ideally general positions would also be filled, 0405 839 694 – Shahrin
to allow the PCN to be as active as possible.
PCN NOMINATION FORM
I,………………………………………………………….……..……..wish to nominate …………………………….…………………………………………….
(your name) (nominees name or ‘myself’)
for the position of …………………………………………………………………..……………………………………………………………………………………
on the PCN Executive.
Nominees contact number:…………………………………………………………………………….
If you wish to nominate but are unable to return the slip, or have any further questions, please contact the
Temporary Guidance Officer: Jodie James on 4374 1569 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
PLEASE RETURN THIS SLIP TO THE PCN BOX IN THE OFFICE FOYER by FRIDAY 21 AUGUST
Our Craft Circle meets on
from 9.15 to 11.30 in the PCN room (under
Heather’s Kindy). Bring your little ones along -
there is plenty to play with.
Week 4 we are completing our hanging lavender
bells, (these are on display in the PCN window).
There will be kits available if you would like to
At present we are working hard towards the
Spring Fair. We’d really love some company!
We hope to see you there.
If you would like some projects to do at home or
want to know how to help, please call Alison on
0435007692 or Gina on 43293774.
Our Winter Market is
looking great with lots
It’s not too late for your
class to grab a stall—more
refreshments would be
Contact Vanessa on 0406429192.
Vanessa would also like a
PLAY AND TOYS
couple of volunteers to help
out on the day. Give her a call
if you can help.
We had some great busking at
the Autumn Market.
If you’d like to busk this time,
fill in the form from the Office. An Early Childhood Talk by
FRIDAY 21ST AUGUST
SPRING FAIR NEWS Sat 31 Oct
11 weeks to go!
14 August 2009
Calling all foodies and funsters... Is your class in
the Craft Club?
Haven’t your heard? We need a rep from every class to join each of the three
groups: FOOD, FUN & CRAFT. They’ll be getting strategic about planning and This year we’re
organising the key areas of the Fair. spreading the joy of
crafting and every class
Foodies needed to get together and look at all the refreshments (food is providing something
hall, coffee, chai, snacks, drinks, etc) and work out what we want to offer and to sell.
how best to provide it. Fear not, the Foodies won’t be manning these food Class 3 parents have
stalls all day—as always there will be a roster so everyone can choose started planning the
their 2 hour shift.
finest Lucky Dip in
Funsters needed to get the land!
together and look at all the And for the first time,
activities; choose the most popular thanks to the parents of
ones which are the best use of Class 2, we will have a
volunteers and cater to all age Children’s
groups—then create everything we
need to stage them. Chariot race Craft Corner—
anyone? a special place where
The Stalls: only children under 10
can buy little things
Thanks to April Hammer (class 6) the White Elephant Stall is covered. Hold made just for them.
onto your bric-a-brac we’ll let you know when we’re ready for it. Would you
be able to manage the Clothing Pool or Cake Stall? Or have you got another So what’s your classes
idea—I’d love to hear it! creative inspiration?
So don’t delay—we’re working on a short lead time this year. Email me today Is there something
and let me know how you want to get involved. from the curriculum
Thanks, you can work with the
Ange Rosemann children to create?
Spring Fair Coordinator
(such as crochet,
What’s a nature based playground? woodwork)
For children, contact with nature is essential for the healthy development of their Or perhaps parents in
minds and bodies. When the landscape and vegetation of a play setting allow children your class have
to immerse themselves in the elements of water, sand, trees, grass, rock then they are particular skills to share
offered endless opportunities for openness, diversity, manipulation, exploration and and translate into
wildness. Research shows playing in nature, as opposed to on play equipment, is saleable items.
critical, especially during middle childhood, for Check out the Etsy
developing the capacities of creativity, problem website if you’re
solving and healthy emotional and intellectual wondering what people
development. Nature-based playgrounds are site- are making and selling,
specific, fostering open-ended play which is creative
and join the worldwide
and inventive. Unlike play equipment, they cater to a
wide range of ages, supporting healthy interaction movement celebrating
between age groups. Find out more at www.followthechild.com handmade!
or Google “nature based playgrounds” or “landscape based playgrounds”
Spring Fair Coordinator: Ange Rosemann Ph 4388 6064 email: email@example.com
Sat 5th September.
Please book tickets NOW.
Cut off date is 21st August.
A wonderful night for Adults to have fun and win some
Venue: Eurythmy Hall @ School
Doors Open: 7pm
BYO: Food and drink.
No price change from last year!
$80 - For a table of 10 (organised by you).
Must be purchased before the night
$10 per person - PRE PURCHASED
(we can place you on a table)
+ Free Lucky Door Ticket
Payment via the Office - please see attached Payment Slip Slip
Tickets can be purchased on the night but the cost will be $15
TRIVIA NIGHT. 5th September - Prize Donations needed please.
We are looking for some fantastic prizes for our trivia night.
If you are able to donate a prize, please contact Su-Anne 0243920370; firstname.lastname@example.org;
or Julie 0243892440, email@example.com
All Types of donations gratefully received.
* Vouchers or product from your Business
* Alcohol (as its an Adults only night)
* Donate a gift voucher: ie massage, manicure, cd’s dvd’s
The more donated gifts, the more prizes we have, the more games we can play and a greater variety of raffle
items to win. Which of course in turn makes more profit for school.
Raffle tickets on sale on the night.
Can you help out with the organising? ie: set up; being a judge; working out games.
Please let Su-Anne or Julie know as we would love to have your help. Thank you ☺
TRIVIA NIGHT - PAYMENT SLIP
Please complete slip and return with payment in an envelope to Office
by Friday 21st August. For late payments, please contact Su-Anne.
Group Booking Name: _________________Contact Number:______________
Are you paying for the group of 10, if so, please list names:
If paying separately:
Your Name: _______________________________________
Number of Tickets: ___________________________________
Contact Number: ____________________________________________________
PAID - Cash/Cheque - Please make cheque payable to ccrss P&F - please circle